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18 Mitch Moreland DH
Height/Weight: 6-2/230 | Birthdate: 9/6/1985 | Birthplace: Amory, MS | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Texas | College: Mississippi State | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $502,700 | Owned/Started%: 8/3 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Mitch Moreland gets start at first base for Rangers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Mitch Moreland will start his second straight game at first base for the Rangers on Saturday. 

Moreland started for the first time in 11 days on Friday. He's in the lineup at first again on Saturday, batting fifth in the lineup. 

The Rangers are +145 money line underdogs at the Angels. 


Rangers' Mitch Moreland (elbow) starts for first time in seven games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland made his return to the starting lineup Friday against the Angels after missing six starts due to an elbow injury. Moreland hit second against Angels right-hander Garrett Richards.

Moreland is batting .250 (3 for 12) with two RBI and two strikeouts in his career against Richards.


Rangers' Mitch Moreland makes pinch-hit appearance Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland (elbow) made a pinch-hit appearance Wednesday, going 0 for 1 in his team's 8-5 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Moreland has been limited by an elbow injury in recent days, and he wasn't in the starting lineup Wednesday as expected. However, he did come to the plate with a man on first and one out in the seventh inning but hit into a double play. The team has been unable to use a designated hitter while in a National League park this week, but Moreland could be back in the lineup Friday when the team opens a series against the Angels in Anaheim.


Rangers' Mitch Moreland out of the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Rangers first baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland is out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, the team announced.

Moreland, who is dealing with a knee injury, is expected to be on the bench until Friday, with the team playing in National League stadiums until this weekend. Moreland is hitting .276 with one home run in 29 at-bats this season.


Rangers' Mitch Moreland likely on bench until Friday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland likely won't be in the team's starting lineup for most of this week. 

While Moreland has been bothered by loose bodies in his elbow, his benching isn't injury-related. The Rangers will be playing interleague games at Arizona, so the team won't be using a DH. Prince Fielder will be at first base for the games, per the Star Telegram


Rangers' Prince Fielder, Mitch Moreland to split DH duties this year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder and designated hitter Mitch Moreland will be used interchangeably on defense this season, reports MLB.com. Fielder was slated as the designated hitter Sunday for the sixth time, one less than he's started at first.

"Prince Fielder is our first baseman and Mitch Moreland plays first base," manager Jeff Banister said. "I will use both as needed. I see both players playing. I haven't seen enough of Mitch to evaluate his defense but I'm going to continue to play both at first base and both will get time at DH."

Banister wants to avoid Fielder becoming exclusively a DH.

"His energy level and who he is, we want to keep him engaged," Banister said. "DH is a challenging spot to perform in anyway if you're used to being in the field. The ability to play defense and stay engaged creates an energy. I don't want any of these guys [being a full-time DH] unless we find a David Ortiz-type of guy."


Mitch Moreland out of Rangers lineup on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland was not in the team's starting lineup for Sunday's game. Moreland has a sore elbow and hasn't played since April 15. 

Prince Fielder will be the Rangers' designated hitter on Sunday, moving from first base. Adam Rosales got the start at first, batting sixth in the lineup. 


Rangers' Mitch Moreland a no-go Saturday in Seattle


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland took early batting practice, but was held out of Saturday's lineup against Seattle with a left elbow injury, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Moreland sat out of Friday's game against the Mariners with a sore elbow that could require minor surgery, according to an earlier report from MLB.com. The team will know more about his status in the coming days.

"There is some soreness still, but it's not locking up," Moreland said to the Dallas Morning News. "If it continues to lock up, then the answer is obvious. But if there are no issues with it, there are no reasons in my mind to mess with it. I can deal with soreness. You deal with a lot of soreness throughout the year."

Shin-Soo Choo will serve as a designated hitter and bat fifth, while Carlos Peguero will fill in in right field and bat seventh against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.


Report: Rangers' Moreland could opt for surgery, miss 2-3 weeks


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland could require minor surgery on his left elbow -- a procedure that would keep him sidelined for two-to-three weeks, according to MLB.com on Saturday. The Rangers are expected to know more about his status in the coming days. 

Moreland has played in nine of the Texas' 11 games this season, but sat out Friday with the issue. He is hitting .259 with one home run, two doubles and five RBI.


Rangers DH Mitch Moreland (elbow) hopes to return to lineup on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland sat out of Friday's game against the Mariners with a sore elbow but said afterwards that he's feeling better and hopes to play Saturday, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Moreland has played in nine of the Rangers' 11 games this season, hitting .259 with a homer, two doubles and five RBI.


Rangers' Mitch Moreland (elbow) out of lineup Friday, available off bench


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/17/2015) Designated hitter Mitch Moreland is out of the Rangers' starting lineup Friday with a sore left elbow but manager Jeff Banister said he could be available off the bench, reports Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

"He came in [Friday] and felt sore so we felt the best course would be to get him checked out," manager Jeff Banister said, per MLB.com. "We feel confident he can be a player for us later in the game."

Moreland has played in nine of the Rangers' 10 games this season, hitting .259 with a homer, two doubles and five RBI.


Rangers move Odor, Moreland to top of lineup


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor has been moved to the leadoff spot for Tuesday's game against the Angels.

Odor has batted in the bottom third of the lineup in each of the team's first eight games, hitting .160/.323/.360 in 31 at-bats. He said his approach will stay the same in the leadoff spot, FOX Sports Southwest reports.

Center fielder Leonys Martin, who has also struggled early, has been moved to the No. 8 spot.

"Leonys is going to be our lead-off hitter," manager Jeff Banister said, per the Dallas Morning News. "That structure has been a little inconsistent. More than anything else, I wanted to give it a different look. There are times when you give the lineup a different look."

In addition, designated hitter Mitch Moreland will bat second Tuesday. He has yet to bat higher than fifth this season while hitting .217/.321/.435 in 23 at-bats.

The Rangers are home underdogs (+104) against the Angels Tuesday, per VegasInsider.com.


Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo (back) is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros.

Choo left Friday's game with upper back spasms and has been out of the lineup for the last two days. The Rangers are also keeping designated hitter Mitch Moreland and catcher Robinson Chirinos out of Sunday's lineup.

The Rangers are home underdogs (+110) against the Astros Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland hits first home run Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland was one of four Texas players to collect his first home run of the season Thursday.

Moreland hit the first home run of the day, a two-run shot in the third inning. He finished the game 1 for 3 with one walk and three RBI. The first baseman is now 2 for 10 on the season.


Rangers manager planning more rest days for starters


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Rangers manager Jeff Bannister is planning to give his starters more rest time this season, reports the Dallas Morning News. Wednesday, Bannister took outfielder Shin-Soo Choo out of the lineup to give Jake Smolinski the start and shuffled Adam Rosales in at third to move Adrian Beltre to DH and Mitch Moreland to the bench.

"You can't ask guys to sit on the bench for seven days and then expect them to be effective," Banister said. "But I also believe what you gain on the front end of the year proves worthy on the other side.

"Guys may have just been at spring training, but spring training is 40-plus days of grinding, too," he added. "This is a 183-day marathon. If there are ways we can help guys show up better and then get five, six, seven days of dynamic play from them, we're going to do that."

He is also not worried about Choo's defense.

"It has nothing to do with what I think of Shin-Soo Choo's defense," Banister said. "He missed time in spring with an elbow issue. He is coming off a lower body injury from last year. He had gone hard after a couple of balls earlier in the game and he was eight batters away from coming up again. It was an opportunity to get fresh legs and a fresh arm in there. I don't foresee it becoming a regular occurrence."


Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo, Mitch Moreland off through Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and first baseman Mitch Moreland will be held out of action Monday and Tuesday, giving them a three-day break with the team not scheduled to play Wednesday, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Both players underwent ankle surgery this offseason but have reportedly only minor soreness. The team is looking to keep them healthy by giving them rest this week.


Rangers' Mitch Moreland drives in three runs in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland contributed three RBI in Sunday's win against the Brewers. 

Moreland hit a two-run single in the first inning and a single that scored Prince Fielder in the third inning. He went 2-for-3 for the day. 

I think all-around it was a good day," Moreland said, via MLB.com. "Their guy had trouble throwing strikes, and our guys had some patient at-bats. We scratched out some runs and it carried through the rest of the day."


Rangers' Mitch Moreland homers in spring debut


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland went 1 for 3 with a homerun in Texas' 6-4 win over the Cubs Sunday. It was Moreland's first game after undergoing ankle surgery four months ago.

"I've been counting down the days to get out there," said Moreland, according to the Dallas Morning News. "I wanted to just have fun and I did. It was a great way to start the spring."

Manager Jeff Bannister liked Moreland's approach at the plate.

"Those were good at-bats for his confidence. Even when he didn't homer, he stayed back on the ball," Bannister said.


Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland won't play spring games until next week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland took ground balls and ran the bases on Tuesday, and won't seen any spring games until next week, according to the Star-Telegram. Texas is taking a cautious approach with Moreland in camp after he underwent ankle surgery last June.

"I feel good. I think it's just a cautious approach more than anything," Moreland said. "I'm still getting my work in. Trying to go out and get ready. The main goal here is the first of April, not the first of March."

The 29-year-old Moreland hit .246/.297/.347 over 167 at-bats last year.


Rangers to be cautious with Mitch Moreland


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Rangers will be cautious with Mitch Moreland this spring, according to MLB.com.

Moreland had ankle surgery last June, and the team is going to bring him along slowly early in camp. Moreland will be held back from running for a bit, and will be limited in how many grounders he takes at first. Moreland said he feels good, but acknowledges that the team wants to be extra careful. 

"I feel good, but the training staff has talked with me and got me on a good solid routine to make sure I come out of camp feeling good and feeling healthy," Moreland said. "So we're playing it over-cautiously so I'll be ready to roll by Day 1."

Moreland is also expected to play the outfield this season, but the team is going to wait until later in camp to get him out there.

The 29-year-old Moreland hit .246/.297/.347 over 167 at-bats last year. 


Rangers, Mitch Moreland agree to a one-year deal


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) The Rangers and first baseman Mitch Moreland have agreed on a one-year deal, avoiding salary arbitration, the team announced Friday.

Moreland was reportedly looking for $3.35 million while the team was offering $2.75 million. The two settled on $2.95 million with $25,000 in performace bonuses. Moreland hit .246 with 23 RBI in 2014 for Texas.


Rangers' Moreland having 'no issues' with surgically repaired ankle


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Rangers first baseman/outfielder Mitch Moreland is pleased with his progress after undergoing left ankle reconstruction surgery in June, according to FOX Sports Southwest.

"Right now, I'll be full speed Day 1,"Moreland said. "I'm right on track with where I've been the past offseasons. Eager to get back on there and get on the field. It's been a while."

Moreland has hit off a tee and hasn't had any issues running. 

"It feels a ton better," he said. "I've had some nagging things here and there with it (in the past). It got to the point where it was a little beyond nagging to the point where I felt like I had no strength there. I have no issues with it right now. It's feeling strong. It's feeling good."


Mitch Moreland, Rangers discuss arbitration numbers Friday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Designated hitter Mitch Moreland and the Rangers exchanged arbitration numbers Friday with Moreland asking for $3.35 million and Texas offering $2.75 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Moreland hit .246 in 167 at-bats in 2014, with 23 RBI and two home runs.


Rangers tender Neftali Feliz, Mitch Moreland


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Rangers tendered right-hander Neftali Feliz and infielder/outfielder Mitch Moreland prior to Tuesday's non-tender deadline, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Feliz registered a 1.99 ERA over 31 2/3 innings. Moreland's 2014 campaign was cut short by an ankle injury. He hit .246/.297/.347 in 167 at-bats.


Rangers' Mitch Moreland expected to be ready for spring training


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland will begin a running program before progressing to full activity, the team announced Tuesday. He is expected to be 100 percent by the start of spring training.

Moreland is coming off ligament reconstruction and bone realignment surgery on his left ankle in late June.